Volunteers celebrated for National Volunteer Week

Armidale Regional Council

National
Volunteer Week is underway, with the region’s volunteers today recognised in
the New England Volunteer Awards for their selfless community service.

31
locals were nominated across the Armidale Volunteer Referral Service (AVRS)
Awards and the Alwyn Jones Community Service Award.

Armidale
Regional Council Mayor Ian Tiley said it was an opportunity to celebrate the
many volunteers who dedicate their lives to helping others.

“We had a record list of volunteers nominated
this year, and I would like to personally thank them all for everything they do
for our region,” said Mayor Tiley.

“Volunteers
are the fabric of our community, so it is important to let them know they are
valued and that their efforts are appreciated.”

Council
is also supporting the local State Emergency Service Unit (SES) through
lighting up the Armidale Town Hall in orange tomorrow as part of Wear it Orange
Wednesday.

“The SES plays a vital role in our community,
so I am passionate about supporting this cause and raising awareness around the
tireless work these volunteers do,” he said.

“‘Whether
it’s assisting in natural disasters, or supporting emergency services agencies
in rescues, there is so much to thank these volunteers for.”

National
Volunteer Week will run until May 23.

See below for a list of award
recipients:

AVRS Adult Volunteer of the Year – 25
– 64 years – Michael Kean

Michael Kean was recognised for his
contribution to the 2ARM community radio station. Michael has helped the
station adapt to changes in technology and is working on ensuring the station
stays relevant through introducing podcasting and smart speakers. He has also
facilitated the replacement of the ageing studio equipment. Michael is also
being recognised for his outstanding work coming up with solutions during the
COVID-10 lockdown when announcers had to work from home.

AVRS Senior Volunteer of the Year – 65
years and over – Brian Flint

Brian Flint was recognised for his dedication
to the Armidale PCYC. Mr Flint took over the running of the weights section in
1965, and to this day he still continues to train people and maintain the gym.
Volunteering most weekends and afternoons, his volunteer work ranges from repair
work to the club, driving the after school bus, assisting in the running of the
monthly markets and any other fundraiser that is run on a weekend.

AVRS Volunteer Team of the Year – Armidale
& Uralla Meals on Wheels

The team of volunteers at Meals on Wheels have
worked tirelessly over the past year to continue to deliver throughout the
COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 volunteers help deliver meals each day, and
provide a valuable service to vulnerable and isolated people within our
community.

AVRS Excellence in
Volunteer Management – Bruce Stuart

Bruce Stuart
was recognised for his work with Food Blessings which is a team-based ministry
providing food and hampers to those in need.

Bruce has devoted several years to growing Food Blessings into a vibrant community
service for Armidale, and as the
Volunteer Manager he co-ordinates his volunteers to stock shelves, pack hampers
and fruit and vegetable bags with goods he has ordered from FOODBANK NSW.
Bruce values
his volunteers, using their strengths to achieve an efficient, well-run organisation.

Alwyn Jones Community Service Award – Brian
Flint

In addition to being named the AVRS Senior
Volunteer of the Year award, Brian Flint has also been awarded the Alwyn Jones
Community Service Award for his 60 years of service to the PCYC.

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